'Tis the season to go green,
our environment we must keep clean!
Disposable bags, we should minimize their use,
Canvas is better to reduce and reuse.
Let's recycle our metal, glass, paper and plastic
The results achieved will be super fantastic!
As we celebrate this season's holiday cheer,
Let's remember to make 2013 an earth friendly year!
Will there be trash and recycle
service on Christmas and New Year's Day?
Yes. The City of Mesa provides regular collection service on all
holidays. Residents should have their barrels at the curb by
Are gift bags, tissue paper and wrapping paper
No. These items are often dyed, laminated and/or contain
non-paper additives such as gold and silver colored shapes,
glitter, etc. which cannot be recycled. Also, tissue paper
and some wrapping
paper is very thin and contains few good quality fibers suitable
Are holiday decorations recyclable?
No. Please do not place holiday decorations, such as
lights and ornaments, in your recycle barrel. They are not
accepted in Mesa's recycling program and should be disposed of
in a different manner.
Because of the holidays, I
generated more recyclables than I can fit into my blue barrel
and/or have large boxes to recycle. What can I do?
The City of Mesa offers three public recycling drop-off
centers throughout the city that are open 24/7. Blue
barrels are on-site for guests to drop-off their extra
recyclables and large bins are available for the recycling of
cardboard, especially the large ones that can't fit into the
blue barrel. Find the nearest
Don't forget to recycle your
The City of Mesa offers numerous options for residents to
recycle their trees after the holiday season.
What kind of tree should I
It's really a personal choice but here are a few pros and
cons for the most popular options.
Pro: Can be reused for many years and fire
dangers can be minimized.
Con: It's a petroleum based product and will be
landfilled at the end of its lifecycle.
Pro: Can be transplanted outdoors once the
holiday season is over.
Con: According to countryliving.com, less than
1 in 10 living Christmas trees survive due to potential
physiological damage caused when kept indoors.
Fresh cut tree:
Pro: Most fresh cut trees are farmed
specifically to be Christmas trees and are typically a
Con: Excess fuel consumption to transport tree
and can become a potential fire hazard once it dries out.
To learn about other earth-friendly holiday ideas, visit
Solid Waste Management Department
Clean Sweep/Green Sweep
Mesa, AZ 85211
Walk-in service requests/payments:
55 N. Center St.
6935 E. Decatur St.
Mesa, AZ 85207
7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fridays & holidays
Missed barrel notification
Barrel collection schedule
Barrel or service requests
All other service requests should be directed to
Charlie the Recycling Chimp school
Email us (General Questions)